I live in Phoenix, Arizona.
We have a lot of good local bands. I personally like the retro-pop scene more than anything (although there are a lot of bubblegum All Time Low-sounding bands here....I grew out of those when I was like 13.)
I feel like most of the bands I like are somehow related to the Format. Ha.
Anyways, indie retro-pop and rock.
These are free:
Ladylike (toured with Fun a few years back) http://ladylike.bandcamp.com/album/ladylike-vol-1
Yellow Minute (opened for Ladylike when I saw them)-http://yellowminute.bandcamp.com/alb...you-you-you-me
Roar (did a Sam Means collab recently)-http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur044.htm
Source Victoria (Aaron Wendt who produced some Format stuff, Justin ex-Limbeck) http://sourcevictoria.bandcamp.com/
Gospel Claws (ex-Dear and the Headlights)-http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/upo...ws_hambone.php
Bogan Via (a lot more synths, not really retro)-https://soundcloud.com/prefixmag/bog...refix-premiere
Kinch (toured with Jimmy Eat World a whole lot)-http://www.kinchband.com/ziptape/
The Necronauts (again, old Format tourmates)-http://necronauts.bandcamp.com/album/necronauts
Here's a free compilation of 28 AZ bands. Most are either pop or folk. 28 free songs. http://riverjonesmusic.bandcamp.com/...ona-music-2012
These are not free but they're also the best of this lot:
Her and Gold (Maria from the old days of Lydia)-http://herandgold.bandcamp.com/
Reubens Accomplice (the old Format fangirl in me has such a soft spot for these dudes) http://reubensaccomplice.bandcamp.com/
Bears of Manitou (lots of ex-Lydia members)-http://bearsofmanitou.bandcamp.com/
Not free, don't know too much about these but they've opened for some shows before.
Anyways, that's not even a fraction of the great musicians here. Those are just the ones I remember seeing or hearing of.
Arizona has the best music scene ever.